Treasures are hard to find but when you do, you’ll realize it’s worth the hunt.
For weeks I’ve been trying to acquire cheap or pre-loved books to fill up my new bookshelves. I find new books on sale in bookstores still a bit pricey. Unfortunately, Abu Dhabi doesn’t have real cut-price-low-cost bookstores.
My only option was to buy second-hand books from people online. Sadly, the fares I spent in meeting up with these people were equivalent to buying new books.
Soon enough, my pursuit of bargained books led me to discover a hidden treasure!
Luckier than Jack Sparrow was I when I uncovered the one and only store of used-books in Abu Dhabi.
Hidden behind a main street and an alley is this book trading shop that buys and sells previously-owned books. They also re-buy books you purchased there at half the price you paid.
The shop is lined with thousand of hardbounds and paperbacks — children’s books, entertainment, fiction, health, lifestyle, history, hobbies, general interests… I could go on and on.
The prices go as low as 5 AED and for kiddies and 12 AED for adults!
It is managed by a very sweet and helpful lady named Victoria and is owned by a man kind enough to call me and give specific directions to the shop.
If you’re the kind of person who basks in the abundance of books, you will find this shop a Utopia. You’ll spend morning ’till midnight rummaging through all the titles.
I made you a map to the hidden treasure!
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